The second installment in our new “Featured Museum Piece” series is a rare tea set made by Tiffany and Co. of New York. For more than 150 years, Tiffany and Co. has represented the pinnacle of American wealth, artistry, and luxury. One of Replacements’ most prized Tiffany and Co. items is a five-piece sterling silver tea set that includes a tea pot, coffee pot, creamer, sugar bowl, and waste bowl. This tea service is made in the Greco-Roman design tradition, a movement also known as “neo-Grec.” The sides of each piece are engraved with images of horsemen and citizens of ancient Greek society, and three pieces are crowned with a helmet finial.
Designed in 1858, this service was crafted by Tiffany and Co.’s master artist John C. Moore to rival similar sets that were in vogue in Europe at the time. It is said that Moore’s inspiration for this service came from similar designs by British companies. This particular service is inscribed with the pattern number 774. One piece features the inscription “ June 26 - 1890,” indicating that this set was given as a gift. Another stamp reads “ Xmas 1858.” Although we are not sure of who was giving this set to whom, one can only imagine how excited the recipient was! We know of one other tea service like this, and it happens to be stored for safekeeping at Tiffany and Co. That tea set was actually on public display for a short period of time at the Boston Museum of Fine Art.
Although this particular tea service is not available for purchase, Replacements, Ltd. carries a large array of sterling silver tea sets – both old and new. Click here to view our hollowware offerings. If you would like to learn more about Tiffany and Co., then please click here. If you are interested in seeing a complete list of Tiffany and Co. flatware patterns, then click here.
Our “neo-Grec” set is on display in our Showroom Museum, along with many other rare china, crystal, silver, and collectible pieces. If you are in the area, please consider stopping by to see these wonderful pieces in person. Our Showroom and Museum are open from 9:00am to 7:00pm ET, 7 days a week (except holidays); free tours are available from 10:00am to 6:00pm ET, 7 days a week. The Showroom and Museum are conveniently located between Greensboro and Burlington, NC, at exit 132 off Interstate 85/40. We look forward to seeing you here!